Chris Gainor

Chris Gainor
Is a Ph.D. historian and author specializing in space flight and aeronautics. He has written four books, including Arrows, to the Moon, Avro's Engineers and the Space Race, and To a Distant Sun: The Rocket Pioneers, and numerous articles in journals, newspapers and magazines.

Canadian LIDAR Technology

Laser technology has the image of being as futuristic as space travel itself, but lasers are being used for many purposes beyond their science fiction role as a weapon. And Canadian industry is taking a leading role in developing lasers for space applications.

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Alouette 1 – Celebrating 50 Years of Canada in Space

Sam Ayre and Harry Kowalik working on the Alouette 1 mockup spacecraft.

Canada’s first satellite, Alouette 1, is best known for being dedicated to scientific research. But that is only part of the story. Alouette 1, which continues to silently orbit the Earth on the 50th anniversary of its launch, was as much a product of the Cold War as its more famous predecessor, Sputnik, and it was a forerunner of the communications satellites that have since …

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